A guide for shopping in Tokyo at different departments

Are you looking for a department store in Tokyo? There are various department stores in Tokyo, but do you know the differences? If the answer is “No”, don’t worry about it.

You can find the answers through the following articles.I am going to introduce 4 major department stores in Tokyo.


1.Mitsukoshi, Ginza

2.Seibu, Ikebukuro




Mitsukoshi is one of the most famous department stores in Japan capital. It is also an international store chain with headquarters in Tokyo. There are many branches overseas such as in Italy, Korea and China. Today, we will be talking about it in Giza.


Mitsukoshi was founded in 1673, and at that time it was still called Echigoya and exclusively sold kimonos. Ten years later it took a new approach to marketing and was renamed as Mitsukoshi. Mitsukoshimae Station on the Tokyo metro is named after the adjacent Mitsukoshi department store.


To talk about Ginza, it is a popular shopping area of Tokyo, with high-class restaurants, coffeehouse boutiques etc. It is considered one of the most expensive, elegant and luxurious streets in the world.


You can get there by Tokyo Metro Ginza Line, Marunouchi Line and Hibiya Line and get off at Ginza Station. It will appear in front of you.


Store opening hours

10:30AM to 8:00PM

There are 18 floors in total, from floor B4 to 12F.

I recommend people who want to buy luxury products like Prada bags and Bulgari jewelries. There are many restaurants on 11 and 12th floor, most of which are suitable for tourists interested in Japanese cuisine. You can enjoy delicious sushi, wagyu steak and tempura at these famous restaurants.



The first store was opened in 1949. Seibu department store in Ikebukuro is the head store, besides it there are also stores in Shibuya and Yurakucho. In addition to department stores, Seibu operates the specialty stores such as Loft, Parco and Muji.

The unique point of this department store is the rooftop garden and food area on 9th floor. There is a water-lily garden, and 2 gardening shops. There is even a shrine behind water-lily garden.

Events like music live and street performance are held every month as well. On December 15th and 16th there will be a Christmas puppet show which will start from 2 pm. You can watch it for free.

The feature of this department is that you can not only find luxury brands like Louis Vuitton, but also grocery shops and interior decorations. It is connected with Ikebukuro station, so you can find it easily and get there conveniently.



Marui is a Japanese retail company with operates a chain of department stores in Tokyo and other major cities in Japan. They are known for their women’s fashion and accessories. Not like other typical departments, there is no underground food sale floor in Marui department stores.


I recommend people who want to buy general groceries such as clothes, shoes and accessories especially girls, because there are a lot of women’s shops. From 1st to 4th floor are all women’s miscellaneous. The prices here are very affordable for young customers. There is a very cute shop which sells women’s socks. It’s called Tutuanna and you can choose any 3 items for around 1080yen. If you are interested in socks, you must go and check it out.

However, compared to the department stores above, there are not so many brand cosmetics and luxury shops inside. You can still find makeup products on B1 floor, a shop called @cosme store. There are a large variety of makeups.

Thank you for reading this blog. Hope you can have a wonderful time in Japan!